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Partners in Project Green Announces New Properties and Offices Sustainable Innovation Consortium

May 09, 2011

For Immediate Distribution

(TORONTO - May 9) Partners in Project Green (PPG), an initiative led by the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) and Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA), has announced the formation of the Properties and Offices for Sustainable Innovation (POSI) Consortium.  The consortium brings together businesses around Toronto Pearson to leverage each other's strengths through sharing, learning and improving to achieve accelerated results. It consists of facilitated teams of organizations in the Pearson Eco-Business Zone who are committed to attaining World Class Environmental Sustainability Performance in their sector.  This is the fourth consortium created by Partners in Project Green.  Other consortiums include:  Sustainable Manufacturing Partnership (SMP), Venues Aligned for Sustainability Excellence (VASE), and Logistics Leaders Executing Sustainable Solutions (LLESS).

 "You can't possibly green your office in a legitimate, sustainable way, all alone," said Brian Dundas, Sustainability Management and Community Transformation, Toronto and Region Conservation.  "The Properties and Offices for Sustainability Innovation Consortium provides ongoing partnership and dialogue with the sustainability experts for some of Canada's most sustainable companies.  It's an invaluable resource, especially with regards to separating truly sustainable practices from all the bogus claims out there."

Each member of the consortium will have full ownership over the direction of the consortium through the creation of a vision and an annual strategic plan, while all administration for the team is the responsibility of Partners in Project Green.  Sharing, learning and improving are facilitated through consortium events, individual member company coaching days, and facility assessments.  Membership privileges include sustainability diagnostic for measurement and development of individual members, access to the High Performance Consortium Network (a national network) and access to specialized resources.

Members of the Partners in Project Green Properties and Offices Sustainable Innovation Consortium are committed to environmental sustainability for their organization. Members include:

Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) continually identifies and implements category-leading environmental programs that not only lower operating costs, reduce energy and water consumption and reduce waste, and most importantly, reduce the carbon footprint at all WEG facilities.

LoyaltyOne is committed to integrating sustainability into core business functions by adopting leading practices; supporting their employees, Collectors and business partners with the tools and information needed to make more sustainable choices; measuring, monitoring and setting targets for reducing the impacts of their footprint; and, communicating their performance both internally and externally.

Bentall Kennedy is committed to reducing the environmental impacts of their properties and is also certifying all buildings to BOMA BESt, Canada's leading environmental certification for existing buildings.  Innovative programs to reduce energy and water use include retrofits to achieve better efficiencies, and tenant engagement for water and energy conservation.  Bentall Kennedy also implements highly effective waste management programs, achieving zero-waste throughout their properties.

GTAA has made a commitment to the environment. As part of the 20/20 Commitment - reducing GHG emissions by 20% (from 2006 levels) by 2020 - they will be looking to reduce electricity as well as reduce the GHG output from their vehicle fleet and from various combustion sources at the airport. Between 2004 and 2008 the Greater Toronto Airports Authority saved approximately $13 million on electricity and $730,000 on heating and cooling through various energy saving initiatives.

Sears Canada is committed to reducing their environmental footprint and helping their customers do the same. They've reduced electricity consumption by 15% since 2007 and are on track to beat their 5-year target of reducing their carbon footprint by 20% by 2013. As Energy Star Retailer of the Year, they're using innovative tools like the Cost and Carbon Savings Calculator to help their customers reduce their impact, save energy and save money.

Toronto and Region Conservation has embraced Corporate Social Responsibility since 2003, setting goals and objectives and reporting on progress towards operational sustainability.  TRCA has a goal to become carbon neutral by 2025 - without the use of offsets.  It has developed its own green office program called EcoOffices with 4 TRCA offices setting annual sustainability targets and reporting on progress.  As well, five education centres are certified Ontario EcoSchools and its parks are progressing towards Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary certification.

BMO's environmental goal is clear: to be a leader in sustainability by reducing energy consumption, cutting emissions and minimizing waste. Every success makes the world - and their business - a little better.

Maple Leaf Foods partners with its landlord to endorse and celebrate employee engagement in managing waste and reducing energy and water consumption at its two office towers in Meadowvale.  Over and above these initiatives, the Company's Facilities Management team takes care to ensure a sustainably responsible approach is taken to repurpose and recycle materials, furniture and equipment generated from outfitting projects.

 

About Partners in Project Green

Partners in Project Green, an initiative led by the Greater Toronto Airports Authority and Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, is a growing community of businesses working together to green their bottom line by creating an internationally-recognized Eco-Business Zone around Toronto Pearson. Through new forms of business-to-business collaboration, Partners in Project Green delivers programming that helps businesses reduce energy and resource costs, uncover new business opportunities, and address everyday operational challenges in a green and cost-effective manner. For more information, visit www.partnersinprojectgreen.com

 

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